Dog Poop Facts
Dog poop doesn’t just “wash away” or disappear. So if you’re not disposing of your dog’s waste, you’re putting yourself, your family, your dog and your water supply at risk.
Dog poop attracts rodents such as rats and mice. Inside the excrement there are usually bits of food that can be a valuable resource to rodents. You won’t see them in the day because rodents come out at night. In our experience in seeing rodent infestations, some of the worst have involved yards where dog feces were left for weeks if not months at a time.
Dog Poop is NOT Fertilizer
Dog poop is not a good fertilizer. It is actually toxic to your lawn, causing burns and unsightly discoloring.
Dog Poop Diseases
Beyond your grass, it has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coli form bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans.
Dog feces are one of the most common carriers of the following diseases:
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), dog poop can contribute to diseases which animals pass to humans, called zoonoses. When infected dog poop is deposited on your lawn, the eggs of certain roundworms and other parasites can linger in your soil for years. Anyone who comes into contact with that soil—be it through gardening, playing sports, walking barefoot or any other means—runs the risk of coming into contact with those eggs; especially your dog.